Sandra Gal Writing Diary for USA Today

It was New Year's Eve when Sandra Gal posted the above pic to Instagram, and she captioned it, "2015 already tastes good."

It probably tastes even better today: As I write this, LPGA players are in action at the tour's season-opener. And Sandra is now a diarist for USA Today. An editor's note that preceded Gal's first entry told readers that "(t)his season LPGA golfer Sandra Gal will be writing a weekly diary for USA Today Sports to share her adventures on the Tour."

What does Sandra have to say in her diary? Among other things:

I have never played an LPGA event so close to my college stomping grounds as here, just around the corner from Gainesville and the University of Florida. This feels like a full circle moment to me, because not only did I learn about the 25 second attention span during my coursework toward my degree in Advertising, but being a part of the College of Journalism and Communications I also learned that writing for, well, USA Today, is a big deal. My recipe? Be a pro golfer for seven years first, win, smile, oh, and be German.

The year could get even better for Gal later on, if she makes the European Solheim Cup team: the Cup is played in Germany this year.

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Lexi the First Female 'Golf Ambassador' for Zurich NA

(Photo: instagram/Lexi)

Congrats are in order for Lexi Thompson, who picked up another sponsor today: the Zurich Insurance Group, longtime title sponsor of the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic in New Orleans. Not surprisingly, since it sponsors a PGA event, Zurich's "golf ambassadors" have previously all be men. Lexi is the first female Zurich Golf Ambassador.

From the news release:

The golf ambassador program has helped Zurich expand its reach in golf far beyond the Zurich Classic to engage with customers, brokers, employees, executives and charities on a global level throughout the year.

Thompson will display the Zurich logo on her left sleeve and represent the company in the growth of its women’s golf initiatives throughout the relationship. She will join Zurich and their guests in attendance at the 2015 Zurich Classic. Other Zurich Golf Ambassadors include Ben Crane, Billy Horschel, Justin Rose, Keegan Bradley, and Rickie Fowler.

Instagramming with ... Cheyenne Woods

The 2015 LPGA Tour season is teeing off this week at the Coates Golf Championship in Florida, and one of the rookies in the field is Cheyenne Woods. What has Cheyenne been up to recently? Let's go Instagramming and find out.

First up is a photo of Cheyenne with her friend and fellow LPGA rookie Sadena Parks. Incredibly (then again, maybe not given golf's history), this is the first year since 1971 that at least two African-Americans will be LPGA Tour members.

This is the look anyone who tries to stand between Cheyenne Woods and one of her goals is going to get:

Cheyenne lives in Arizona, and that means she sometimes heads to a gun range (it's state law ... kidding! ... or am I?):

BangBang.

A video posted by Cheyenne Woods (@cheyenne_woods) on

For some unknowable reason, Woods wasn't included in Golf.com's Most Beautiful Women in Golf 2015 feature. Seems like a ridiculous oversight to me. But they got it right in 2014!

#tbt A day of glam last year with @si_golf

A photo posted by Cheyenne Woods (@cheyenne_woods) on

Training on the track, and in artsy black and white:

Cheyenne is one of many LPGA golfers who takes fitness very seriously, and works hard it. Here's a short video clip of one of Woods' workout routines - running steps - under the direction of her personal trainer:

This selfie served as a shoutout to Cheyenne's hairstylist (and a great excuse for a little alliteration!):

And finally, yes, when you're Cheyenne Woods, you're sitting pretty:

Follow Cheyenne on Instagram, or follow her on Twitter. Either way, you'll enjoy her social sharing.

The Most Beautiful Women in Golf Instruction

A couple weeks ago Golf.com released its 2015 version of The Most Beautiful Women in Golf. And a couple of those women featured were club professionals. Which got us to thinking: How about Most Beautiful Women in Golf Instruction?

It wasn't too long ago that a woman getting certified as and working as a golf instructor was a rarity. No longer. While men still far outnumber women among golf teachers, the industry now includes many women. These days, some of the best instructors in golf are women, and some of the best young instructors, too.

So below we present some (10, to be exact) of the most beautiful women currently working as teaching professionals. Our apologies to all the women we missed, and our thanks to all the women working as golf instructors today, helping grow the game and helping grow women's golf. (Note that the teaching professionals listed here appear in alphabetical order.)

Tasha Browner

PGA Director of Instruction at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, California. tashabrownergolf.com

Skye Choueiri

Assistant golf professional at Manly Golf Club in Balgowlah, NSW, Australia. manlygolf.com.au

Chandra Hall

Head women's golf coach at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. Also teaches (during offseason) at Bentwood Country Club in San Angelo. angelosports.com or bentwoodcc.com.

Meredith Kirk

Teaching professional, Blackmoor Golf Club in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. meredithkirk.com

Courtney Mahon

Lead Instructor at the Tour Striker Golf Academy in Chandler, Arizona. tourstriker.com

Maggie Noel

Teaching professional at GolfTec Westheimer in Houston, Texas. golftec.com

Shi Hyun Park

Teaching pro, Seoul, South Korea.

Annabel Rolley

Teaching pro, formerly at Royal Sydney Golf Club, Trump National Golf Club in New York, Royal Melbourne Golf Club and The Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey. Now on Lesson Tee Live on Golf Channel.

Sara Stephens

Teaching professional at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio, and The Andrew Stephens Golf Academy in Burlington, Kentucky. maketewah.com and AndrewStephensgolf.com

Christy Yun

PGA Teaching pro. Was at Gleneagles Country Club (Plano, Texas) with Chris Como Golf Academy, but recently moved to Arizona and plans to start her own golf instruction business there.

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Cara Robinson Latest to Join 'Morning Drive' Cast on Golf Channel

We told you a few weeks ago about Bailey Mosier and how she became a new Morning Drive host on Golf Channel.

But Golf Channel isn't finished introducing new Morning Drive hosts. And, beginning in late February, Cara Robinson joins the cast.

Robinson is English, and the Golf Channel announcement of her impending arrival on these shores states:

Robinson brings extensive experience in television and golf. She most recently served as host of Golfing World, a weekly program on Sky Sports – available to 20 million viewers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria – traveling to golf’s biggest events to conduct player interviews and features about all aspects of the game. She also participated in @TheOpenLIVE, a live digital telecast of the Open Championship, and has contributed as a studio host and reporter for productions surrounding Wimbledon, World’s Strongest Man, rugby and the London 2012 Olympics, where she hosted Sky Sports’ tennis coverage.

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Brooke Pancake's New Sponsor Is ... Waffle House

A few years back we were driving around the Deep South and, somehow, I managed to convince or cajole my wife into eating three consecutive meals at Waffle Houses. It's one of my proudest achievements. (Do I need loftier goals?)

You know who else loves Waffle House? Brooke Pancake. Sounds like a joke, but it isn't. And today both Waffle House and Brooke Pancake announced that the restaurant chain has become a sponsor of the golfer.

It's a match made in breakfast-served-all-day heaven.

When she posted the photo above to Instagram, Brooke wrote this along with it:

"What an exciting, fun day! And to think this all began when I announced on national television that I actually like waffles more than pancakes ... on National Pancake day #breakfast #AllStarspecial"

Brooke also shared a video on Instagram from her Waffle House photo shoot today:

And, of course, Waffle House got in on the social media fun:

In a press release titled "Pancake Comes To Waffle House Restaurants," the company says:

Before waffle-lovers the worldwide get upset, Waffle House is not changing its menu. Rather, Waffle House is excited to announce a partnership with LPGA rising star Brooke Pancake for the 2015 season.

"Growing up in Chattanooga, I've always been a Waffle House fan, "says Brooke Pancake. "And to be quite honest, I prefer waffles over pancakes anyway."

"This will be the first time that the Waffle Nation will be cheering for a Pancake," says Waffle House President and CEO Walt Ehmer. "Brooke exemplifies hard work, southern charm and a contagious personality which makes her a great representation of Waffle House."

As part of the partnership, Brooke will visit Waffle House restaurants along the tour and post stories from the road on social media.

Before turning pro, Brooke led the University of Alabama to the school's first national golf championship in 2012. She was named first team All-American and received the Honda Award as the nation's top collegiate golfer.

This calls for a celebration! Waffles for everyone, but especially for Pancake!